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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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Land Registry to stay in the public sector

The government announced in the Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016 that the Land Registry will remain in the public sector. Plans for privatisation have been dropped.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 December 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

End of employee shareholders in Autumn Statement

The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016 and there were several employment law aspects of note.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 November 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

Garden leave clauses: the road to executive termination

The recent falling out between Ron Dennis and the McLaren F1 team shows that even the glamorous world of Formula 1 is not immune from the reaches of employment law. It's a perfect example that demonstrates the power of a good garden leave clause when there is a senior management disagreement.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 28 November 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Top tips for managers handling long-term absence

Managers often struggle to handle employees' long-term sickness absence appropriately. This briefing provides tips for avoiding the common pitfalls.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 November 2016 | Practice Area: Business of law

Rating: 4 people found this useful

Are courts becoming more lender-friendly?

Are the courts beginning to take a more lender-friendly approach to enforcing security and guarantees?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 November 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Habitat III – the applicability of New Urban Agenda

As the Habitat III Conference draws to a close in Quito, Ecuador, what chances are there of its New Urban Agenda (NUA) finding a way into UK and international law?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 November 2016 | Practice Area: Environment

Modern Slavery Act compliance – A cut and paste job?

As organisations seek to comply with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, by publishing statements setting out their efforts to combat modern slavery in supply chains, is it in danger of becoming a 'tick box exercise'?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 16 November 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Commercial waste collections – How level is the playing field?

Shoosmiths considers the consequences of a recent Upper Tribunal ruling on whether local authority VAT exemption distorts competition in the commercial waste market.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 November 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Storm in a teacup: occupation of land

The perennial question of whether occupation of land is pursuant to a lease or a licence has been explored recently in a most unusual case involving the allocation of pitches at a fair.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 November 2016 | Practice Area: Rights over land

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Pensions Schemes Bill - Instilling confidence in pensions?

The Pensions Schemes Bill 2016-17 had its first reading in the House of Lords on 19 October 2016. It contained more details on a number of legislative changes including long awaited changes to master trust authorisation and administration charges.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 November 2016 | Practice Area: Pensions

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